I saw this framed sea urchin wall art at Pottery Barn and knew I wanted to make something similar for Summer. It’s large, but at a cost of $139 it’s just slightly out of my budget.


I was able to use things I already had to make something similar but on a smaller scale. The drop cloth is leftover from Ammon’s under bed fort, I bought the sand dollar punch last year from Michael’s at 40% off, the frame was 80% off from a Ben Franklin closing sale, and the beautiful paper/cards were in the Swag Bag from Creative Estates.  

I love this paper and even though I don’t own a letterpress I’ll probably be buying more. It’s thick and the texture is beautiful and I feel rich when I use it. Because it is so thick, it’s a little hard to punch though. I had to use my muscles.

And because the paper is so thick, they almost look real (hubby thought they were).

Now I also have these cute little sea stars (I call them star fish, but I was told that’s not right) to use on something.

I traced around the paper insert from the frame to get the correct size of drop cloth piece. Then cut around the lines.

I laid the sand dollars on the fabric to get the amount I wanted to use and the correct spacing. I hate to measure so I didn’t. Don’t look too closely.

I didn’t have any glue dots on hand but I found this Martha Stewart glue in the drawer and it worked perfectly. I probably wouldn’t have used it if the paper wasn’t so thick though.

Once they were all glued down I let it sit for about a 1/2 hour to let it dry before I stuck it in the frame.

I love the 2 different textures together. It even looks great under the glass.

And I really like the contrast of the black frame. I have 4 of these frames that were going to be used for another project but it never happened, so you’ll see them again.

I so excited to change my mantel again so I can put out my sand dollar wall art and the driftwood. Let’s see how long I can last before I change it for Summer. I’m really liking the look of those shutters behind it, so I might be using those on the mantel too.

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Shirley L May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

OH I love this idea! I have everything but the punch but that’s nothing a little trip to Michael’s can’t fix! :) I am adding this to my list!
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Amy May 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Love the look of this Leanne! And it’s perfect for summer! Beachy and beautiful!

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

Lovely!! This is the perfect addition to summer decor. It looks great. I think your spacing is just fine. ;)

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Suzanne May 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

This is absolutely ADORABLE! And I love how easily and inexpensively you made it. What a fabulously creative idea.
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radhikanavelkar May 3, 2011 at 9:24 am

What a neat way to replicate san dollars! A great pottery barn knock off!
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Angie- Bigbearswife May 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

That looks great! I thought they were real until you showed the punch! I love yours! I think it looks 1000000 times better that the pottery barn one!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims May 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

This is adorable! Totally looks like it belongs in a beach home :D

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Terry May 5, 2011 at 7:14 am

What a fabulous idea. I have started to do our bathroom in a beachy theme and I will absolutely be copying this, lol. Thanks so much for the fantastic idea.
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Mandy May 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

Cute!! :) This has definitely inspired me!! I need to get with it on my daughter’s “Hula Baby” room ;)

Katie May 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

So cute! What a great idea!
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Amanda May 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I’ve put together a round up of great beach themed projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
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Jill May 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

This is VERY cute!

Stacey of Embracing Change May 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Adorable! I may have to try this – looks seriously awesome!
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aimee May 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Great knock-off! This looks lovely.

SouthernScraps May 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

Love this! It turned out fabulous. Now I need that punch, lol ( I already have quite a collection of punches.)

TOOTSIE May 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

What a simple and easy project that just is lovely! I like the idea very much!

have a great day!

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caroline @ c.w.frosting May 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

How pretty & perfect for summer! Didn’t realize these were paper until I read the tutorial!
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Kimberly May 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

GORGEOUS! I just bought 100+ tiny starfish off ebay for $4.99 for my beach themed guest bathroom and THIS is what I plan to do with a handful of them. Thanks for the tutorial!! Beautiful!

Allison @ House of Hepworths May 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

You’ve been featured at my party this week; Hookin Up with HoH #48

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Jessika @ Secret Pie Shoppe May 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

Great idea – thanks for sharing! I’ll have to keep this idea in mind for a birthday gift – I know someone who would love it!
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simone May 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

What a fabulous idea. I’m your newest follower. Cheers

Stephanie Lynn May 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Leanne your art work is super cute. I love the idea fo using punch paper – so many possibilities! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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